Letters to the Editor

Letter: The U.S. term limits initiative

To the Editor:

A group called U.S. Term Limits has proposed limiting the members of the U.S. House to a maximum of three terms (6 years) and U.S. Senators to a maximum of two terms (12 years).

There are two ways to amend the U.S. Constitution. Congress can pass a proposed amendment, and then have the states ratify the proposed amendment. The other way (under Article V) is to hold a convention of states, and have the states prepare and approve a proposed amendment that would then go through the same ratification process.

Any proposed amendment needs to be ratified by three-fourths of the states to be added to the Constitution. On the U.S. Term Limits site, you can see which members of Congress have signed the term limits pledge. Seventeen Senators (all Republicans) have signed, and in the House, 54 members (52 Republicans and 2 Democrats) have signed.

Unfortunately, the “congressional route” seems to be effectively blocked by the Democrats in Congress. Both the Senate and the House have pending legislation for Term Limits.

But many members of the Democrat party take the position that elections are the way to limit someone’s term. This philosophy was recently confirmed to me by Rep. Lauren Underwood, and she does not support the pending legislation.

Many Republicans believe we need a “structural” (constitutional) solution to the problem, and that we need term limits on the legislature, similar to the 22nd Amendment, which limits the president to two terms.

The U.S. term limits site includes a feature whereby our country’s citizens can sign the term limits pledge to show our support for term limits. The site also has a feature whereby candidates for office can state their position.

Jim Oberweis has signed the candidate’s pledge. As he recently noted, “Career politicians vote in ways they believe will help them get re-elected, but term-limited politicians vote in ways they believe are in the best interest of our country and then return home.”

I couldn’t agree more. Unfortunately, Lauren Underwood doesn’t feel the same way.

Tim Beck

McHenry

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